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Holiday time Chicken Curry..

02 Apr

Vacation is always fun!. Apart from visiting places around, I like to experiment with fresh local produce. Indeed, you can find out how much the ingredients influence taste in food. Try cooking the usual thing you do and you notice that it’s a bit different.

When we travel around, I dont forget to pack my masalas and special kitchen equipments along with us. This holiday time chicken curry, as I name it, is easy to prepare and you can never go wrong. You can experiment by adding vegetables of your choice or some specialties from local produce.

Last week, I had an opportunity to meet a group of 15 ladies from different countries, who have common interest in learning to cook different cuisines. I was asked by my friend, P, to conduct a cooking class for this group. For the first time, I had  the experience of others cooking my recipes. Those amazing ladies was superfast and some of them had knowledge about Indian cooking already. It was interesting to spend the evening with them. Thanks to my friend to introduce me to this lovely group.

I wanted to keep the menu simple and easy to prepare. Definitely, Holiday Chicken curry was in the list. Additionally, Vegetable Bhajji(Veg fritters), Cucumber salad, Payasam & Rice were on the menu.

Outcome was super and tasted yummy.  The group enjoyed cooking very much and felt happy to have made all the dishes by themselves.

So do try this easy and simple holiday time chicken curry….

Ingredients:

  1. Chicken – Whole chicken 1kg or boneless 600gms (Cut it into bite size pieces)
  2. Cinnamon – 2 inch stick
  3. Cardamom – 4 nos
  4. Star anise -1
  5. Bay leaves – 2
  6. Cloves – 5
  7. Onions – 2 large (finely chopped)
  8. Tomatoes – 2 large (finely chopped)
  9. Chilli powder – 1 tbs (depending on the spice level increase or decrease)
  10. Corrainder powder – 1 tbs
  11. Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  12. Oil – 2 tbs
  13. Ginger & Garlic mixed paste – 2 tbs or (finely minced ginger and garlic)
  14. Coconut milk – 250ml
  15. Corriander leaves – 2 sprigs
  16. Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  17. Salt as required

Method:

1. Heat a heavy bottomed pan. Once it is hot add oil.

2. Add the whole spices all together(cinnamon,cardamom,cloves,bay leaves,star anise) and reduce the flame to medium and saute it for a minute.

3.  Add the onions and saute it until it becomes translucent. Add little salt to help the onions to cook faster.

4. Add Ginger garlic paste and saute it for 2-3 minutes.

5. Add Chicken and saute it for couple of minutes until the ginger garlic paste and onions are coated on chicken.

6. Now add all the masalas (chilli , corrainder, turmeric) powder and salt and stir it for approx minutes.

7. Add Chopped Tomatoes and mix it for 2 minutes.

8. Add 1/4 glass of water and cover it and cook for 10 minutes. Once it starts boiling, decrease to medium heat.

9. Add coconut milk stir the mixture and cover it and cook for another 10 minutes.

10.Add chopped corrainder leaves and curry leaves and switch of the stove.

11. Serve it with hot steamed rice. Yummy Holiday Chicken curry is ready.

Tip : 1.Vegetables like Mushroom or Bell Pepper or  Drumstick or Brinjal can be added which increases the flavor of the curry.

2. To Best enjoy this curry, the Rice served served should be very soft and not grainy nor not completely mushy.

3. Boneless chicken can  also be used but the Whole chicken is preferred as it gives a rich taste.

 
 

Chicken Piri Piri in my sytle…& Sagres(Western end of Europe)

05 Jan

Just recalling our trip to Portugal last year while writing this… Portuguese people are very warm and welcoming. We covered almost good part of south and traveled till Lisbon on the east. You can notice a good difference in culture &  food between south and upper Portuguese. The three common words we could hear very often in Portugal  is  ’Obrigado ‘ , ‘ Ola’ and ‘Piri Piri’.  we had no idea of  any Portuguese until we arrived there. The first two words are thank you and hello.  Piri Piri is hot chili sauce made from bird’s eye chillies and  some  added spices. You may not miss this sauce in any of the restaurants there and they also warn you that its very spicy. This is something like Tabassco sauce but i find piri piri a milder and bit tangy one. This is also popular in African countries.

Basic ingredients in piri piri sauce are  fresh red chiilies, paprika,salt,lemon,vinegar,pepper.

Piri Piri Chicken is a popular chicken dish in Portugal. I spiced it up a little bit in my own way…I am using ready made Piri Piri sauce with slight addition of spices.

Ingredients:

  1. Chicken – 250 gms
  2. Piri piri sauce – 5Tbs
  3. Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  4. White pepper – 1/4 tsp
  5. Orange food color a pinch( optional)
  6. Olive oil – 1 Tbs
  7. Salt as required for taste

Method:

1. Marinate the chicken with piri piri sauce with pepper little salt. Add the food coloring to get the bright orange color. Food coloring is optional.

2. Add oil to tbe hot pan and add ginger garlic paste and saute it for 2 min in medium heat.

3. Now add the marinated chicken and increase the heat to high. Cook for 3-5 min and incorporating oil and ginger garlic paste mixture on all sides of chicken. until a nice brown color coat.

4. Cover the pan and cook for another 10- 15 minutes in medium heat, after 10 minutes turn the chicken pieces into other side for covered cooking.

5. Once it is done, serve it warm with Piri Piri sauce.

we enjoyed this chicken with sauteed beans and sesame and baby cucumber.

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Sagres and some pictures : Located in Algarve Portugal, this place is famous for its beautiful beaches and one can visit the south western tip of europe. The beaches are are surrounded by big strech of mountains. There is also a light house and remains of 14th century sailing school.

Light house in Sagres, Portugal and South western tip of Europe.

 

Paella and (Fuente Mágica de Montjuic)

12 Jul

Paella is a famous main course food from spain. The appearance resembles quite a bit like Italian risotto or an Indian Biriyani, although the ingredients and the variety of rice used in these dishes are different. I have tried Paella with chicken and veggie paella. But today’s post is SEAFOOD Paella.

Paella is actually the name of the pan used to make this preparation. There are different names such as Paella valencian, Paella verduros that differentiate the types and ingredients used in it. I have a used a normal pan for making this, but Spanish like to use the traditional Paella pan. The ingredients for this sea food paella is simple, but it tastes really delicious.

A click on menu board of the road side bar….You can see Paella in there and almost every restaurant has it in their menu card.

Here is the recipe…

Ingredients:

  1. Bomba Rice –  3oo gms
  2. Fish stock – 400 ml
  3. Water – 200 ml
  4. Salmon – 250 gms, cleaned and cut in to pieces
  5. King prawns – 100 gms
  6. Olive oil – 2 Tsp
  7. Garlic – 5 flakes, minced
  8. Chilli flakes – 1/4 tsp
  9. Red Bell Pepper – 1
  10. Onion – 1, finely chopped
  11. Tomatoes – 2 , finely chopped
  12. Peas – 1/4 cup (frozen green peas)
  13. Orange food color a pinch or saffron a little
  14. Salt for taste

Method:

1.  Add the oil to the hot pan. Add the onions and garlic and saute it till golden brown color.

2. Add the tomatoes and cook it for approx 5 min, till the tomatoes are smashed and cooked.

3. Now add the bell pepper ,peas , food color, chilli flakes,salt and mix it up. Add the rice and nicely coat it with the ingredients in the pan for about 5 minutes.

4. Add the fish stock and let it cook for 10 minutes. At later point in time you can add the water and let it cook for another 1o minutes in slow flame. (when you cook in a flat pan, there is no extra space to add all the liquid together. So add it time to time)

5. Now the rice is almost done. Add the fish pieces and prawns to the rice and cook for another 5 minutes.

Tip :

1. Add the favorite seafood of your choice. You can show your creativity in this dish very well. Just add the vegetables , seafood and meat and make it look colorful.  Instead of fish stock, you can also try with chicken stock.

2. For vegetarian version, just replace seafood and add veggies of your choice,  some legumes of your choice and use vegetable stock.

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In my previous posts, I have been sharing my Barcelona vacation experience and some of the pictures. On this series today, I am going to add a little bit about this famous Magic Fountain in Barcelona.

Fuente Mágica de Montjuic — The Magic fountain of Barcelona

Tremendous colorful water fountain which dances beautifully along with music. It is simply amazing and a great pleasure to watch this wonderful fountain. Anyone who like to enjoy their evening and would like to have a pleasant feeling , I would definitely recommend this fountain as one of the best attractions one should visit. The musical fountain is seeasonal and opened every day from 10Pm to 11.30pm.

Some of the pictures………

Entrance to this fountain

Look at the powerful flash lights behind the building focussing to the sky.


One of the better way for sight seeing in Barcelona is to choose the Open top  touristic Bus. One can able to complete almost all the places in a day or two. This Bus exactly takes the visitor in front of the attractions and the visitor can decide to hop off and hop on at their favorite attractions.

Thanks for taking time to read the story. Okey….Thats all about my vacation experiences  Barcelona. I would like to say Adios  (Bye) to spain at this moment and my next posts will resume with other cusinies.

 

Empanadas & L ‘aqu’arium

16 Jun

Empanadas is a Spanish Stuffed pie. Usually stuffed with Meat,  Chicken, Seafood potatoes and other vegetables. It is also spread over other countries like Argentina, chile, Mexico, US to name a few.

I have done this empanadas with complete variation from selection of flour for dough, to the stuffing.

Ingredients:

For Stuffing

  1. Chicken – 250gms , cut in to small bite size pieces
  2. Ginger paste – 1 tsp
  3. Garlic paste – 1 tsp
  4. Onion – 1 medium ,finely chopped
  5. Tomato – 1, finely chopped
  6. Bell Pepper – 1 cup , cut in to small bite size pieces
  7. Mushroom – 1/2 cup, cut in to bite size  pieces
  8. Oil – 1 Tbs
  9. Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
  10. Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
  11. Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  12. Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  13. Coriander leaves – 2 Tbs finely chopped
  14. Salt for taste
  15. Cheese – to add it with  stuffing while assembly

For dough

  1. Wheat flour – 1 cup
  2. Water – 1/2 – 3/4 cup
  3. Salt a little
  4. Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
  5. Margarine – 2 Tbs

Stuffing                                                                                                                                              & Assembly

Method:

1. For the stuffing add oil to the hot pan. Add the Onion and saute it till golden brown color. Add Ginger garlic paste followed by chicken.

2. After adding the chicken saute it for 2 min. Add the spice powder turmeric, chilli, coriander and garam masala powder. Add the salt and mix it up.

3. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes or until it becomes soft and mashable. Add the vegetables and cook for 5 more minutes.

4. Add the chopped coriander leaves and the stuffing is done.

5.  Now make the dough. Add all the ingredients under dough and mix it well to make a soft dough.

6. Dust a little of flour to the rolling board and roll the dough in to approx 2 -3 cm thickness of desired shape.  In the center add the stuffing and cheese.Finally fold it at the edges.

7. Preheat the oven at bake it for 20 min at 180 C in the medium rack.

8. When it is done cut in to pieces and serve it warm.

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L Aquarium – Europe’s Largest Aquarium.

This is one of the famous attractions of Barcelona. Located in the Port Vell and has a 80m long underwater tunnel with different sea water species. When you travel with kids this is the amazing place to take them and make them enjoy. The entrance fee is 22Euros fo

Some pictures of the Aquarium.



I don’t know this guys name.This was one among many fishes.

Cuttle Fish also called as Sea Chameleon. It has the capability to change its color when needed.

Sea Horse. The female deposit the eggs to the males pouch, and the male seahorse fertilize the eggs .(wikipedia)

Anemones. There were different colorful ones. A few of them……..

Dont eat me, I am poisonous. (This was the tag on the information board for this fish)

Sting Ray.

This guy was the main attraction there. There were 3 of them I could count, really large ones.

The very next building to this aquarium is the IMAX 3D. As we have already watched IMAX 3D movies many times in our place, we did n’t visit this time in Barcelona.

 

(Tortilla De Patatas – Spanish Omelette ) & Park Guell

10 Jun

After my Spain Vacation, I was keen to learn about their Cuisine. Suprisingly this spanish Omelette is the one, I used to make very often for my child as a complete meal.  I did n’t invent this dish, I came to know it long back from my friend Sharada. She is good in Malabar Recipes.

It was interesting to know that Spanish use olive oil in almost all the dishes. Garlic is one more ingredient they love to add in to the recipe.

I prepared this Spanish Omelette with a little variation from the original one. In the Original, they add the Olive oil, raw sliced potatoes and saute it with onions then followed by beaten egg. They use more oil to let the potatoes cook in that. But I use little oil of any type, boiled & smashed potatoes and corriander leaves as a variation.

Ingredients:

  1. Olive oil – 1 Tbs
  2. Onion – 2 , finely chopped
  3. Egg – 4 , beaten
  4. Potatoes – 2 , medium sized, boiled and smashed
  5. Salt for taste
  6. Corriander leaves – 1/4 cup, finely chopped
  7. Pepper – 1/2 tsp

Method :

1. Add the oil to the small pan and add onions. Saute it till it becomes slight brown in color.

2. Add the smashed potatoes, coriander leaves and salt to the beaten egg and pour it into the sauted onions. It should be atleast 1/2 inch thickness or little more.

3. Lower the heat and let it cook for 5 minutes and with the help of the other pan just flip it over and cook on the other side for 2 min, because we dont want to break it by doing the usual way.

4. Serve it warm. Good to have as a breakfast and also as a side dish.

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Let’s look at this Spain attraction Today…..Park Güell

Yesterday in my post I have wrote a little about the Spanish Architect Antoni Gaudi. This is one of his Garden city project, initiated by Güell and designed by Gaudi. It was a city planning project aimed at building houses for the spanish people. It was developed by them in a 35 acre  hilly area very close to  barcelona. Surrounded  by trees and a unique architectural buildings with colorful marble pieces in his creations can inspire anyone. You can also visit Gaudi and Güell’s house inside this park and it is two among the 3 houses they built .This project was a failure  financially, but it was taken over by the city and converted in to open park. One can have a glorious view of the city from here enjoying the nature around them.

Some of the pictures…….

View of Barcelona city and seashore from Park Güell.

One among the three houses that he has built in this park.

You can see the colorful art work with marbles .

Open terrace of the building and view of Barcelona city and seashore.

This is piece of wall ceiling with colorful marble decoration.

At the main entrance to this Park Güell.

The two hut buildings near to the entrance.

Hope you all enjoyed the pictures and include this place in your list of attractions to visit in Barcelona. You will have a nice peaceful and woderful feeling in there.